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The Chief Marshal 

The Class Marshals 

Candidates for Master's Degrees 

Candidates for Baccalaureate Degrees 

Faculty Emeriti 

The Faculty 

The Presidential Party 

Donated to SSU Archives 

by Sheri Saleem Scott 

upon her Retirement on July 1, 2011 

The academic regalia, the academic processional, and the ceremonial program 
are part of an ancient tradition of learning. This tradition is a unified, solemn occasion 
at which only applause is appropriate. 

The audience is asked to refrain from any other form of expression and to 
reserve celebrations until the program is concluded. 

(©rtrer of i§>ertotce 

Dr. Carlton E. Brown, President 

PRELUDE "O Holy Night" Adolph Adams 

Mrs. Rose Smith, Organist 

ACADEMIC PROCESSION* "War March of the Priests" Felix Mendelssohn 

Mrs. Rose Smith, Organist 

INVOCATION Rev. Lewis E. Logan, II 

Pastor, St. Philip Monumental AME Church 

SELECTION 'Tm Gonna Sing 'Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart" 

arr. by Moses Hogan 

The Savannah State University Concert Choir 

Marquel Toran Davis, Soloist 

James W. Shiell, Pianist 

Professor Sheryl Wilson-Bell, Director 


GUESTS AND SPEAKER Dr. Carlton E. Brown 

COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS The Honorable James E. Clyburn 

Member, U. S. House of Representatives 

South Carolina 
Chair, Congressional Black Caucus 

SELECTION.. "Hallelujah Chorus" from "The Messiah" Georg Frederick Handel 

The Savannah State University Concert Choir 

James W. Shiell, Pianist 
Professor Sheryl Wilson-Bell, Director 



Dean of Graduate Studies and Research 


Assisted by Mr. Benjamin J. Allen, Registrar 
and Dr. Robert L. Stevenson, Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities 



Vice President for Academic Affairs 



College of Business Administration Dr. Mostafa H. Sarhan, Dean 

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Dr. Otis S. Johnson, Dean 

College of Sciences and Technology Dr. Charlesworth Martin, Dean 


Assisted by the Academic Deans, 

Mr. Benjamin J. Allen, Registrar 

and Dr. Robert L. Stevenson, Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities 



President, Savannah State University National Alumni Association 


FOR COMMISSIONING Captain Cynthia Miller, USN 

Deputy Director 
Naval Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations 


Reading the Commissioning Document Dr. George N. Williams 

Dean, Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research 
and Faculty Representative to NROTC 

Administering the Oath of Office Captain Cynthia Miller, USN 

ALMA MATER* Mrs. Rose Smith, Organist 

BENEDICTION Rev. Lewis E. Logan, II 

Pastor, St. Philip Monumental AME Church 

RECESSIONAL** . . . "Pomp and Circumstance" Sir Edward Elgar 

Mrs. Rose Smith, Organist 

Savannah State College Hymn 

J. Randolph Fisher and Hillary Hatchett 

Let us give thanks and praise to Thee 

To our Alma Mater, S.S.C. 

Thine honor, pride, and eminence, 

We raise in prayerful reverence. 

Guide us still from day to day, 

Be Thou mindful lest we lose our way; 

Help us know that life, short or long, 

Means unceasing work for weak and strong. 


Where Savannah meets the sea, 

WTiere grassy plains and palms abound, 

Where the Flow'rs are gems of loveliness, 

There S.S.C. is found. 
We adore each beauteous scene and hall, 

Our all we pledge to Thee! 

In our hearts we'll build a shrine for Thee 

We hail Thee, S.S.C! 

*The audience is requested to stand. 

**The audience is requested to sit and to remain seated until the recession has exited. 

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Anika Blackwell Anderson Savannah State University 

Maria Marcelle Byers Savannah State University 

IMadonna Y. Graham Southern Methodist University 

Venus Sandra Dee Moore Guess Savannah State University 

Angie Ann Lewis Savannah State University 

Richard L. Riley Savannah State University 

Ishmael Sherard Simmons IV Savannah State University 

DeAnne LaTrelle Smoak Fort Valley State University 

Althea Maxine Thompson Savannah State University 

Rhonda Denise Thompson. Florida A & M University 

Tara Luciana Washington Savannah State University 

Veronica Quarterman White Savannah State University 


Maecher Maria Bailey Savannah, Georgia 

Tiffani M. Boiling Savannah, Georgia 

Bobbie Jean Fitz-Gerald Savannah, Georgia 

Tanya Natasha Graydon Savannah, Georgia 

*Sherry Denise Collins Hall Savannah, Georgia 

Trina Michelle Hardy Savannah, Georgia 

*Eric Leon Jackson College Park, Georgia 

Velva Sharmaine Jones Savannah, Georgia 

Jonathan David Newton Savannah, Georgia 

*Patrice Renee Nichols Columbia, South Carolina 

Chris Salter Decatur, Georgia 

Doris Helena Roberts-Valmont Savannah, Georgia 

Alanna Michele Rouse Hephzibah, Georgia 

***Elizabeth Anne Winters Rome, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 

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Altivia Naa Kwarley Buckley Cartersville, Georgia 

Ashante Koreal Dickens College Park, Georgia 

Lakeyshia Nakeena Lowe Norwood, Georgia 

!Myla Corinne Manzo Savannah, Georgia 

Deidra LaShon McRae Augusta, Georgia 

Shekina Yvette Parks Savannah, Georgia 

Tamika Monae Patterson Savannah, Georgia 

♦Crystal Mae Pirtle Fort Stewart, Georgia 

Saprina Deniese Simmons Brunswick, Georgia 

Nicole Ardell Todd Irwinton, Georgia 


*Clarence A. Brewer Gainesville, Georgia 

Stephen Mark Broderick Savannah, Georgia 

Isiah David Brown IV Savannah, Georgia 

Eric B. Crawford Savannah, Georgia 

Karin Kay Daise St. Helena, South Carolina 

April Joy Honeysuckle Harvey, Illinois 

Tracie Tennille Poteete Aragon, Georgia 

Eugene Rockett Savannah, Georgia 

Mildred Sanders Washington Savannah, Georgia 


Steven Germaine Alexander Forsyth, Georgia 

*Vicki Regina Allen Richmond Hill, Georgia 

Kelly William Bowman Oakland, California 

Aloma Maria Chalwell St. Thomas, U. S.V.I. 

Camille D. Claiborne Rolling Hills Estates, California 

Marquel Toran Davis Savannah, Georgia 

Tauron Andreke Farley College Park, Georgia 

Rondu G. Frisby Savannah, Georgia 

Troy Leandreus Grubbs Ailey, Georgia 

Linden Anne Helmly Savannah, Georgia 


Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 

Quentin Turrel Howell Hardwick, Georgia 

Michael Tyronce Jones Sylvania, Georgia 

Mark E. Overstreet Richmond Hill, Georgia 

Lisa Edwards Prescott Savannah, Georgia 

Carlton S. Rhule, Jr. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Eduardo Enrique Silva Savannah, Georgia 

Mario Stanford Robbin, Illinois 

*Stefanie F. Waters Savannah, Georgia 

***Susan Njeri Waweru Nairobi, Kenya 

Sherry Ann Wilcox Surrency, Georgia 

* Julie Porter Winfrey Savannah, Georgia 

Accounting anb Computer information £§>pgtem£ 

Sandra Mitchell Chisholm Savannah, Georgia 

*Lakisha Chavon Anderson Stevens Fitzgerald, Georgia 

Accounting anb jflflarketing 

Jennifer Evon Edwards Riceboro, Georgia 

Cnglitfj), language anb literature 

Monquita Chanel Ransom East Point, Georgia 

Mia Nicole Ryder Macon, Georgia 

iflaste Communications; 

Derrick Eddie Campbell New York, New York 

Lodu Stephen Lugor Khartoum, Sudan 

Martell Shanee Merritt Savannah, Georgia 

Relaunda DeAnjia Newberry Hinesville, Georgia 

**Khanya Celane Pittman Dawson, Georgia 

Biko Jamie- Winton Royal Atlanta, Georgia 

*Bruneisa Kayandra Taylor-Johnson College Park, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude ! In Absentia 

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Timothy Alan Jones Douglasville, Georgia 

Lynn Delores Lewis Savannah, Georgia 


Tonisha Dawn GrifTin Riverdale, Georgia 

Diane Rene Scott Atlanta, Georgia 

*Rachel Shellman Denver, Colorado 

Criminal Justice 

Hamilton Christian Bledsoe Riverdale, Georgia 

Stella Louise Buckner Savannah, Georgia 

* Antoinette Davina Burnett Savannah, Georgia 

♦Martina ShaLanda Butler Reidsville, Georgia 

*Pamela Monique Daniels Savannah, Georgia 

*Emanuel Rashaan Easter College Park , Georgia 

Marian Clifford Holland Savannah, Georgia 

Tywarn Omar Jackson Savannah, Georgia 

Tanyula Lasha Jones Merced, California 

Tameka Lechelle McDaniel Cuthbert, Georgia 

*Stresia Denise Parker Jesup, Georgia 

LaWanza Demetrius Daniels Perkins Savannah, Georgia 

George Earnest Ray III Macon, Georgia 

Kim Nathanyia Sullivan Coventon, Georgia 

LaConte Anissa Turner-Quarterman Branchville, South Carolina 

political Science 

*Somer Lee Duckett Acworth, Georgia 

Mitzi Ann Hamlin Byron, Georgia 

**Shalynda Octavias Mclvory Savannah, Georgia 

* Wayne Alan McMillan York, Pennsylvania 

Bradford Lafayette Rhett Savannah, Georgia 

Consuela Carlotta Sutton Macon, Georgia 

Damia Melissa Ward Stone Mountain, Georgia 


Shirley Ann Byrd Savannah, Georgia 

Angela Yvette James Savannah, Georgia 

***Summa Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude *Cum Laude !In Absentia 

Social Wovk 

Eurdis Childs Allen Augusta, Georgia 

Sharice L. Bryant Kingsland, Georgia 

Cynthia Leonora Cartledge Bush Savannah, Georgia 

*Florence Jewel Carter Savannah, Georgia 

Telisa Ieshia Clark Savannah, Georgia 

Kedria LaToya Cooper Louisville, Georgia 

Phyllis Marie Jones-Nichols Savannah, Georgia 

♦Michelle Lazette Joyce Savannah, Georgia 

*Ayesha Whitehead Rockett Savannah, Georgia 

David Lamar Smith Sparks, Georgia 

***Tori Smith Tuten Pooler, Georgia 

Warren Washington Walthourville, Georgia 

Gwendolyn Yvonne White-Robertson Midway, Georgia 

Kendra LaShon Williamson Stone Mountain, Georgia 

Katina N. Wright Queens Village, New York 



Carolyn Williams Atkins Savannah, Georgia 

Darius Armand Chester Milledgeville, Georgia 

*Arnika Michelle Edmondson Jacksonville, Florida 

April Gilbert Warrenton, Georgia 

Sherese Montelle Harris Moultrie, Georgia 

Tia Latausha Howard Savannah, Georgia 

LaQuita Shalese Jones Columbus, Georgia 

Berneta D. Kent Savannah, Georgia 

Kamisha Monshe Macon Stone Mountain, Georgia 

**Jakia Shamique Thornton Poythress Savannah, Georgia 

Crystal Bukonla Williamson Cobbtown, Georgia 

iWartne Science 

Willie Preston Hill Lithonia, Georgia 

Joseph Michael Lambrix Newnan, Georgia 

***Mary Elizabeth Richards Dawson, Alabama 

***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude !In Absentia 


environmental Science 

Diane Marie Baker Savannah, Georgia 

Edward Emanuel Williams Baxley, Georgia 


Rachel Carlene Jones Springfield, Georgia 


*Eugene Joseph Phoenix Savannah, Georgia 

ILaTriece Yvette Tanksley Savannah, Georgia 

Computer Science QTedjnologp 

Randy George Blackshear Savannah, Georgia 

Ursula Monique Jackson Savannah, Georgia 

**Chukwuemeka Ikenna Nwosu Lagos, Nigeria 

Tommy L. Powell II Niceville, Florida 

Chemical (Engineering Cedjnologp 

Darrell Duane Green Savannah, Georgia 

Cibil Engineering QTecJmologp 

Alexander Heyward II Savannah, Georgia 

Michael James Marable Ellenwood, Georgia 

Garrick Sharod Ray Macon, Georgia 

electronic^ engineering Cecjjnologp 

Corey Lamont Haggray Rincon, Georgia 

Randeric Carltez Moore Jackson, Georgia 

*Damian Marcus Scott Savannah, Georgia 

*Note: Appearance of a name on any list in this program must not be considered as conclusive 
evidence of graduation. Persons who have met all requirements for a particular degree 
and whose names appear on the lists in this program will receive the degree indicated. 

***Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude ! In Absentia 

^umma Cum Haube(3.75 n 4.00) 

Rachel Carlene Jones Tori Smith Tuten 

Mary Elizabeth Richards Susan Njeri Waweru 
Elizabeth Anne Winters 

JWagna Cum Haube(3.40 n 3.74) 

Shalynda Octavias Mclvory Chukwuemeka Ikenna Nwosu 

Jakia Shamique Thornton-Poythress Khanya Celane Pittman 

Cum ILaube (3.00 - 3.39) 

Vicki Regina Allen Wayne Alan McMillan 

Clarence A. Brewer Patrice Renee Nichols 

Antoinette Davina Burnett Stresia Denise Parker 

Martina ShaLanda Butler Eugene Joseph Phoenix 

Florence Jewel Carter Crystal Mae Pirtle 

Pamela Monique Daniels Ayesha Whitehead Rockett 

Somer Lee Duckett Damian Marcus Scott 

Emanuel Rashaan Easter Rachel Shellman 

Arnika Michelle Edmondson Lakisha Chavon Anderson Stevens 

Sherry Denise Collins Hall Bruneisa Kayandra Taylor-Johnson 

Eric Leon Jackson Stefanie F. Waters 

Michelle Lazette Joyce Julie Porter Winfrey 

tEfje Significance of tfie &cabemic jfWace 

Observing the centuries-old convocation procedures, each Marshal in the Savannah State 
University Academic Procession carries an official mace which is indicative of the power, dignity, 
and magisterium vested in the University. The mace is a club-shaped staff that originated in the 
Middle Ages as a weapon. Eventually, it gained a ceremonial character and is presently employed 
most often by legislative forums and academic enterprises. 

The official mace and stand of Savannah State University were designed and made from 
mahogany wood by Dr. Ernest S. Brown, Associate Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering 

The University motto is "Lux Et Veritas" (Light and Truth). 

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Modern academic dress, has evolved from a type of apparel prescribed by English Medieval 
Universities to distinguish their schools from the lay person in dress at a time when everybody wore 
robes or gowns. When American colleges and universities desired to adopt some suitable system of 
academic apparel a half century ago, it seemed best to agree on some definite system which all 
might follow. Accordingly, this attire has consisted of the cap, the gown, and the hood, the latter 
two now differing according to the degree the wearer has received. 

The modern cap, in academic dress, has the same design for all degrees: black and square- 
shaped with a tassel hanging from the center. However, the color of the tassel usually differentiates 
the field of study for which the degree was granted, the gold tassel being worn by doctors or by pres- 
idents of colleges and universities; but it may be added that the black tassel is correct for all degrees. 

The gown, unlike the cap, differs appreciably in design according to the degree conferred on 
the wearer. The gown for the bachelor's degree has pointed sleeves. It is designed to be worn 
closed. The gown for the master's degrees, worn open or closed, has an oblong sleeve, open at the 
wrist, like the others. The sleeve base hangs down in the traditional manner. The rear part of its 
oblong shape is square cut, and the front part has an arc cut away. The doctor's gown, worn open 
or closed, has long sleeves faced with velvet; three bars of velvet are midway the sleeves. The trim- 
mings of the doctor's gown may be black or the color associated with the field of study. 

The hood, while not an article of dress, is however, the most distinctive feature of the acade- 
mic attire. It is a black, crow-shaped badge or adornment with an oval opening and worn down the 
back. It enables one to quickly determine not only the degree held by the wearer but also the col- 
lege or university from which he is graduated. The colors lining the hood and the size and the shape 
of the hood make this distinction. The bachelor's and master's hoods are three feet and three and a 
half feet in length, respectively; the doctor's hood is four feet in length and is made with a wide 
panel. Hoods may be worn for only those degrees actually held by the wearers. 

Members of the governing body of a college or university, and they only, whatever their degrees 
may be, are entitled to wear doctor's gowns (with black velvet), but their hoods may be only those 
of degrees actually held by the wearers or those especially prescribed for them by the institution. 

In some colleges and universities, it is customary for the president, chancellor, or chief officer 
to wear a costume similar to that worn by the head of a foreign university. 

The chief marshal may wear a specially designed costume approved by the institution. 

For all academic purposes, including trimmings of doctor's gowns, edging of hoods, and tas- 
sels of caps, the color associated with different subjects as prescribed by the revised American 
Intercollegiate Code is as follows: 

Arts, Letters, Humanities White Oratory (Speech) Silver Gray 

Business Drab Philosophy Dark Blue 

Economics Copper Physical Education Sage Green 

Education Light Blue Public Administration Peacock Blue 

Law Purple Science Golden Yellow 

Library Science Lemon Social Work Citron 

Music Pink Theology Scarlet 

At Savannah State University, the lining of the hood has an orange chevron on a blue back- 
ground to represent school colors. A faculty member wears the color of his alma mater. 


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